I was inspired by a post on another thread, and think we should share our awkward interview moments (if you have any, maybe it's just me). You know, those moments where you just go, "Wait, did I really say that?" and you cringe on the inside, hoping your interviewer didn't notice.
Anyway, I'll start it off. This is during my Swarthmore interview.
At the very end of the interview, as I was getting up to leave, my interviewer remarked, "Sorry, I obviously made you talk too much because you barely drank anything!"
So the Italian soda I ordered was HUGE, and of course I barely made a dent in it. I don't think I talked that much. Anyway, I didn't want her to feel bad about not letting me drink (didn't want her to feel bad, ha. I should have just said "Oh it's okay." Silly me, overthinking everything)! So I replied, "Oh no, I don't really like cold drinks."
BUT THEN! Okay, I must think differently during interviews or something (seriously). So I'm thinking - but wait! I don't want her to think that I don't like cold drinks and that I only like hot drinks! This is so tragic! What should I do!
So I add in like 2 seconds later, "Well, I don't really like hot drinks either..."
She looks at me strangely. I realize what I have just said. Now she thinks I don't like hot drinks OR cold drinks when I really like both! Ah! It was tramautizing.
There was an awkward silence, until she finally said:
"So...you like...lukewarm drinks."
I died a little bit on the inside, but nodded vigorously. Then she gave me a REALLY strange look and I grinned sheepishly.
SO TRAGIC! It was devastating. So I'm obviously not getting into Swarthmore because of that. I can just see her writing on her interview report: "likes lukewarm drinks." Then the admissions people will read it and it'll come down to the final decision, and they'll decide that they don't really want people who like lukewarm drinks. Then my application will be tossed out the window.
Oh, and another one: if your interviewer is kind enough to take you out for lunch (TGI Fridays! I like Rice :)), do NOT order anything that you need to eat with your hands. In fact, plan ahead what you're going to order. I didn't, and ended up ordering a sandwich because the waiter came back too fast (!!!).
Our conversations were then:
Her: So what do you like to do in your spare time?
Me: *mouth and hands full* Mmmmsdfkjletklusieghkjsdhkgs.
Terrible, just terrible. I have plenty more (oh yes), but if somebody else wants to take the spotlight for now...